RED

1.

Fact
must come to every man with

laboring heart, full of dread,

transfixed
by fire and things partly

guessed, a world of pain
and cruelty, a vow to slay

father and yield to passion.

2.

But M found this bond less
obvious.

M, student under St. Or,
compelled by some error

lodged in the house of his
father.

Mischance affected
him whenever it pleased

God.

3.

In the year after St. Or’s
death, he had

done little.

If he had
a hobby it was collecting

birds. Every species
he stuffed and kept,

his wool shirt stained
and ragged with blood.

To be continued…